Jimmy Kimmel Urges Rob Ford to Get Help
The infamous mayor of Toronto was welcomed with a barrage of embarrassing questions, jokes, and video clips, before Kimmel made a sincere plea.
Crack-smoking mayor Rob Ford traveled all the way to Los Angeles to be roasted on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night. "Why are you dressed like a magician?" host Jimmy Kimmel asked once Ford sat down, ridiculing the mayor's all-black suit with a red tie and pocket square.
The interview apparently comes after Kimmel cold-called Ford on his personal line - which the mayor routinely gives out publicly - and invited him to appear on his show. Much to Kimmel's surprise, Ford accepted. "Don't get me wrong, I'm very, very happy that you are here, but why are you here?" Kimmel asked Ford. "What good could come of this? Have you ever seen this show?"
But the mayor wasn't totally helpless, showing some wit through a few quick retorts.
"I give my number out because you're the boss," said Ford. "And when you say 'jump,' I say 'how high?'"
"Realistically, how high can you jump?" Kimmel responded.
"You'd be surprised how fast I can move," replied Ford, to audience laughter.
Kimmel put Ford through the gauntlet, broadcasting a stream of embarrassing photos and videos of Ford angrily ranting, imitating a Jamaican accent, and tossing handfuls of candy canes at children "as if you were feeding birds," Kimmel commented.
When Kimmel asked Ford if he had an alcohol and drug problem, the interview elicited a sincere response. "Maybe that's something you want to think about, like trying to talk to somebody," Jimmy said. Ford replied: "I wasn't elected to be perfect, Jimmy. I was elected to clean up a mess."
See the interview for yourself below: